Spiced Sweet Potato Spirals

Spiced Sweet Potato Spirals
Spiced Sweet Potato Spirals
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Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 20 minutes

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3-4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and spiral cut
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet. Add in sweet potato spirals, onion, and garlic. Add in all of the seasonings and stir well.

Cook over medium heat for about 15-20 minutes or until soft, tossing a few times during cooking.

Serve hot.

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Cream of Carrot and Red Lentil Soup with Dairy Free Option

Cream of Carrot and Red Lentil Soup with Dairy Free Option
Cream of Carrot and Red Lentil Soup with Dairy Free Option
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Servings: 6-8
Preparation Time: Approx. 50 minutes, including cooking time

  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 pound carrots, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 2 teaspoon coriander
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 6 cups chicken broth*
  • 2 cups whole milk or fresh coconut milk**
  • Himalayan pink salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • Optional garnishes: dried coconut flakes or lightly toasted or fresh minced parsley
  • *Make Your Own Chicken Broth – recipe here.
  • **Make Your Own Fresh Coconut Milk – for the freshest coconut milk make homemade coconut milk. (See video at this link.)

In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, heat the coconut oil over medium heat until hot then add the onions and carrots and sauté about 7 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add the red lentils, coriander and cumin, mixing well. Cook and stir for 1 minute.

Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 20-25 minutes, or until the lentils and carrots are tender.

Remove the pot from the heat and cool slightly.

Puree the soup in the pot using an immersion blender or in batches in a food processor or blender.

If you did not use an immersion blender, return the processed soup to the pot. Stir in your milk of choice, season to taste with salt and pepper, and reheat gently to the desired serving temperature, being careful not to boil the soup.

Garnish each serving with a sprinkling of toasted coconut flakes or fresh minced parsley, if desired.

Note: The soup in the photo was made using whole milk and garnished with toasted coconut.

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Robust Raw Cacao Pie with Nut + Fruit Crust

Robust Raw Cacao Pie with Nut Fruit Crust
Robust Raw Cacao Pie with Nut + Fruit Crust
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Servings: Approx. 16 slices
Preparation Time: Approx. 15-25 minutes + chill time

For the Raw Crust:

For the Raw Cacao Filling:

  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 1 cup (approximately 1/2 pound cacao nibs) raw cacao nibs or raw cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons cold pressed extra virgin olive oil

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Make the Raw Crust:

Process all ingredients in a food processor until mixture sticks together, retaining some texture, then press evenly into a 9 inch pie pan and allow to chill in the fridge while you prepare the filling.

Make the Raw Filling:

Process raw cacao nibs in a food processor until they are crumbly. Now add raw honey and olive oil, process again until mixture is smooth.

Pour filling into prepared raw crust and allow to set up in the fridge overnight. Best served cold.

Note: Enjoy a slice plain (with a cup of coffee), or drizzled with honey, or topped with your favorite fresh fruit. This rich pie has a very robust flavor because of the cold pressed olive oil. If you wish to make a milder tasting pie, virgin coconut oil may be substituted for the olive oil.

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Gluten Free Indoor S’mores

Gluten Free Indoor S'mores
Gluten Free Indoor S’mores
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Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 5 minutes

  • 1/2 cup organic corn flake cereal
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds
  • 1/2 cup home made marshmallows, divided*
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coconut oil, plus more for greasing dish

*Search online for healthy recipes to make your own marshmallows.

Stir and barely melt the chocolate chips, coconut oil, and 1/4 cup marshmallows together over a double boiler. Remove from heat.
Coat a small dish (about 5×5) with coconut oil. Add remaining marshmallows and corn cereal to dish.

Pour melted sauce over marshmallows and cereal. Allow to set in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread
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Servings: 12
Preparation Time: 15 minutes + baking time

In a large bowl mix flour, sugar, spices, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together thoroughly.

In a small bowl, combine pumpkin puree, coconut oil, and eggs. Mix thoroughly.

Add wet ingredients to dry – slowly stirring until well combined. Add in chocolate chips and combine.

Coat bread pans with coconut oil before baking. Slowly pour mixture into pans.

Bake at 350° F for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

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No Bake Lemon Coconut Macadamia Tarts

No Bake Lemon Coconut Macadamia Tarts
No Bake Lemon Coconut Macadamia Tarts
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Servings: 12
Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Crust:

Lemon Ginger Chocolate Mousse:

  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch pink Himalayan salt

Combine all the crust ingredients in a large food processor. Process until mostly smooth, scraping down the sides when necessary.

Transfer the nut mix to a plastic wrap lined baking sheet and smooth out into one large “crust” using the flat edge of a spatula.

Chill for 30-60 minutes, until “set.”

Using a round cookie cutter or the top of a glass jar, cut out tartlet rounds. Transfer the rounds to a wax paper or parchment lined cookie sheet and freeze for 2-3 hours, until hard.

For the mousse, melt the chocolate in a double boiler until silky smooth. Transfer to a high speed blender, along with the rest of the ingredients. Process until silky smooth.

Serve mousse over tarts.

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Butternut Squash Hash Browns

Butternut Squash Hash Browns
Butternut Squash Hash Browns
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Servings: 8
Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Preheat oven to 350 ° F.

Melt coconut oil and butter. Reserve two tablespoons of the melted butter/coconut oil.

Mix the rest of the oil mixture and all remaining ingredients with the shredded butternut squash. Form into patties and place on a baking sheet (makes about 16 patties).

Brush with reserved butter/coconut oil and bake in heated oven for 45 minutes – 1 hour.

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Dairy Free Cranberry or Blueberry Lemon Scones

Dairy Free Cranberry or Blueberry Lemon Scones
Dairy Free Cranberry or Blueberry Lemon Scones
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Servings: 10
Preparation Time: 25 minutes

Scones

Preheat oven to 450° F.

In a bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, lemon peel, salt, and baking soda. Using a mixer or pastry blender, cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Add dried fruit; toss until well mixed.

Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add coconut milk all at once. Stir until just moistened.

Place dough on a lightly floured surface. Knead dough by folding and gently pressing for 10 – 12 strokes, or until dough is nearly smooth. Pat or lightly roll dough until 1/2 inch thick. Cut dough with a floured round cutter.

Place dough circles on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake about 10 minutes, or until golden. Remove biscuits from baking sheet; cool about 5 minutes.

After cooling drizzle scones with prepared Lemon Glaze if desired and serve warm.

To Make Lemon Glaze

In a small bowl combine 3/4 cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest, 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, and 3-4 teaspoons fresh coconut milk; enough to reach glazing consistency.

To Make Fresh Homemade Coconut Milk

*For the freshest coconut milk make homemade coconut milk. (See video at this link.)

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